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Law Clerk Internships at the OAG

The Attorney General, through over 400 assistant attorneys general, handles the legal business of the State. The Attorney General serves as legal counsel to the judiciary, the governor, the legislature and virtually all State agencies, departments, boards and commissions. The Office also represents the State in litigation before all state and federal courts, trial and appellate, including the U.S. Supreme Court. The Attorney General has enforcement authority as well. The Office protects the public from fraud and illegal business practices through the work of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Securities, Consumer Protection, Criminal Investigations and Antitrust Divisions.

Assistant attorneys general and their law clerks are involved in issues affecting almost every aspect of the lives of Maryland citizens. A law clerk might help write an opinion on the right to die, draft wetlands regulations, protect consumers from illegal bait and switch tactics, or give advice on housing initiatives. In addition to assisting attorneys in advising and counseling State clients, law clerks have the opportunity to work with seasoned trial lawyers whose job it is to defend the State in litigation. The OAG law clerk program provides students with an excellent hands-on opportunity to learn about state government and the work of the Office of the Attorney General.

Opportunities

The Maryland Office of the Attorney General offers law students a variety of volunteer positions at its offices in the Baltimore and Annapolis areas.

For descriptions of units accepting law clerks, see below.  Law clerks are also invited to attend our in-house work practice group meetings and other educational seminars held throughout the year. Summer law clerks enjoy a series of special tours and programs.

Qualifications
Applicants should be law students who have completed at least one semester and have strong research and writing skills.

Application Deadlines
Applications for internship are accepted year round. Please have your applications submitted before December 1 for the spring semester, before April 1 for the summer and before August 1 for the fall semester.

Starting Date
Summer law clerks are expected to start within a week or two of the end of final exams and work to within a week or two of the beginning of the fall semester. Other law clerks should discuss starting and ending dates with their individual supervising attorneys.

Hours
A minimum of 3 days per week is required during the summer. During the academic year, individual supervising attorneys will set minimum hours.

Academic Credit
Academic credit may be available with the approval of an individual's law school. In some cases schools provide stipends for public sector work.

CLICK HERE FOR LAW CLERK APPLICATION FORM.

Contact
Ronda Kirk
Office of the Attorney General
200 St. Paul Place
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410)576-6352
rkirk@oag.state.md.us


Thurgood Marshall Opportunity Program
This SUMMER program is a collaborative effort of the Maryland Office of the Attorney General, several local law firms, and area law schools designed to attract students who possess a broad array of diverse talent, background, and experience. The purpose of the program is to attract students who demonstrate not only a devotion to public service and the public good, but also have exceptional leadership potential. For more information please see the program guide and FAQs.


Applications for the 2015 summer program will open January 13th and close midnight on February 14th.


 

OAG LAW CLERK INTERNSHIPS
Positions Available


BALTIMORE AREA

Antitrust Division
Civil Litigation Division
Civil Rights Division
Consumer Protection Division
Correctional Litigation Division
Courts and Judicial Affairs Division
Criminal Appeals Division
Criminal Investigations Division
Department of Aging
Department of Budget and Management
Department of General Services
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Department of Human Resources
Department of Juvenile Services
Educational Affairs Division
Environmental Crimes Unit
Health Occupations Prosecution and Litigation (HOPL)
Health Policy Development Unit

Insurance Fraud Unit
Legislative Affairs Division
Maryland Department of Environment
Maryland State Department of Education
Maryland State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency
Maryland State Police
Maryland State Retirement Systems
Maryland Transportation Authority
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit

People's Insurance Council

Annapolis Area

General Assembly
Department of Housing and Community Development
Department of Natural Resources
Maryland Environmental Service

Other

Maryland Aviation Administration - BWI Airport
Maryland Department of Transportation - Hanover, MD


DESCRIPTION OF UNITS AND AREAS OF LEGAL PRACTICE


ANTITRUST DIVISION - 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore

The Attorney General has statutory authority to investigate and prosecute violations of the federal and state antitrust laws. The most serious antitrust violations involve price fixing, both horizontal and vertical, and allocating customers or sales territories. Under state law, both civil and criminal prosecutions are possible. The Attorney General may also file lawsuits under the federal antitrust laws. In addition to treble damage cases on behalf of Maryland governmental entities, the Attorney General may file suit representing Maryland consumers who have been injured by a violation of the federal antitrust laws. The Antitrust Division also advises the state's executive and legislative branches of government on matters involving competition.  (Application form)

CIVIL LITIGATION DIVISION - 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore

The Civil Division provides representation to State agencies and officials in major pieces of civil litigation in state and federal courts. Examples of cases handled in this division in recent years include tobacco litigation; constitutional challenges to State election laws and procedures; and the original jurisdiction suit in the U.S. Supreme Court to determine Virginia's claims regarding the Potomac River. In addition, this Division reviews and approves all civil litigation settlements, affirmative suits and civil appellate briefs, and conducts pre-argument moot courts for attorneys throughout the Office. (Application form)

CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION - 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore

The Civil Rights Division provides advice to the Attorney General in all matters relating to Civil Rights. In addition, the Division reviews and responds to complaints of alleged civil right violations and evaluates possible violations based on patterns or practices that have a significant impact in Maryland. They also monitor legislation that involves civil rights with a view toward making recommendations. Educational and community outreach through partnerships with advocacy groups, law enforcement and the faith community are also part of the work of the Civil Rights Division.
(Application form)

CONSUMER PROTECTION DIVISION - 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore

The The Consumer Protection Division provides a mediation and arbitration service to consumers to help resolve complaints against businesses and health insurance carriers, registers health clubs and new home builders, enforces consumer protection laws and produces a wide array of consumer education materials. (Application form)

CORRECTIONAL LITIGATION DIVISION - 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore

The Correctional Litigation Division (CLD) provides legal representation for state officials and correctional employees who are sued by prisoners in federal and state courts for alleged civil rights violations. The scope of this responsibility includes monitoring and litigating class action civil rights lawsuits involving institutional reform litigation issues such as freedom of religion, overcrowding and conditions, and access to medical care. The majority of the litigation caseload consists of civil rights actions filed pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1983 in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. (Application form)

COURTS and JUDICIAL AFFAIRS DIVISION

The Courts and Judicial Affairs Division of the Attorney General's Office provides legal services to the Judiciary Department, the Office of Administrative Hearings, and the Maryland Tax Court. This includes giving legal advice and representation to court personnel, the Clerks of Court, the Register of Wills, any other court-related unit, and two independent administrative agencies. (Application form)


CRIMINAL APPEALS DIVISION - 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore

The primary responsibility of the Criminal Appeals Division is to represent the state in criminal matters in Maryland's appellate courts. One attorney in the Division is Senior Counsel for Capital Litigation who, along with a select team of other senior attorneys, handles all death penalty cases in the state. The Division also serves as a consultant to the county State's Attorney's Offices and represents the state in all habeas corpus cases which are filed by state prisoners in federal court. (Application form)

CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION - 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore

The Criminal Investigations Division, acting pursuant to authorization from the Governor under Article V, §3, of the Maryland Constitution, investigates and prosecutes a broad range of financial crimes, involving theft and embezzlement, political corruption, cybercrime, health care fraud, tax evasion, securities fraud, firearms violations and procurement fraud. The Division also assists local State's Attorneys in complex or specialized investigations. (Application form)


MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF AGING

The Office of the Attorney General for the Maryland Department of Aging advises the department in its administration of programs through local "area agencies" on aging. An agency may be a unit of local government or a private, nonprofit corporation. The agencies provide services either directly to older persons or contract with public or private units to administer programs. (Application form)

EDUCATIONAL AFFAIRS DIVISION - 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore

The Educational Affairs Division is responsible for the legal representation of Maryland's public colleges and universities, and other education-related state agencies. The Division provides litigation and counseling services to the Board of Regents and thirteen institutions of the University System of Maryland, one of the nation's largest unified systems of higher education.

The Educational Affairs Division manages a heavy litigation caseload, including both judicial and administrative cases encompassing constitutional, contractual, civil rights, and personal injury claims. The Division also provides legal advice on a broad variety of legal matters and sponsors or participates in preventive counseling programs designed to assist educational administrators in anticipating and coping with legal problems. (Application form)

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS DIVISION - 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore

The Legislative Affairs Division coordinates legislative activity for the Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”) and advises the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorneys General on legislative strategy to advance policy initiatives. As such, the Division serves as primary liaison to members of the Maryland General Assembly and their staffs. The Division works closely with the relevant committees of the General Assembly as well as with individual Members who have an interest in multiple statewide legislative initiatives including public safety, consumer protection, and environmental protection issues. The Division prepares and coordinates legislative proposals, testimony, reports, briefings, posture statements, policy statements, information papers, and other matters relating to the provision of information to the General Assembly. The Division is responsible for the fostering of positive working relationships between the OAG and the General Assembly
. (Application form)

MARYLAND STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION - 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore

The MSDE unit provides legal support to the Maryland State Board of Education and the Maryland State Department of Education, and provides legal advice to the Attorney General on elementary and secondary education issues, public library issues, and adult rehabilitation matters. The attorneys in the Unit represent MSDE, as well as the Maryland School for the Deaf and the Professional Standards and Teacher Education Board, in administrative and judicial hearings and provide daily legal guidance on a wide range of issues including special education, correctional education, adult rehabilitation, student rights and responsibilities, teacher rights and responsibilities, school financing, school administration, and public library administration. (Application form)

MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT - 1800 Washington Blvd, Baltimore

Our attorneys representing the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) provide complete legal support for all aspects of the MDE's work, including the pollution control areas of air, water, waste (both hazardous and solid), sediment and stormwater control. Our work includes the drafting of legislation, the review of new and revised regulations, enforcement actions and other litigation. (Application form)

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIMES UNIT -1800 Washington Blvd, Baltimore

The Environmental Crimes Unit (ECU) is a specialized prosecution office within the Criminal Investigation Division of the Attorney General's Office. The Unit is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of environmental crimes throughout the State.

In addition to generating its own investigations, ECU receives referrals and complaints from the Maryland Department of the Environment, county health and environmental agencies, law
enforcement personnel and directly from citizens. The Unit combines prosecutors, environmental investigators and sworn personnel from the Maryland State Police and Baltimore Police Departments in a collaborative effort to combat this specialized criminal activity.

In addition to the investigation and prosecution of environmental crimes, ECU also participates in a number of state, federal and local task forces and joint alliances. The Unit also provides training and educational assistance to other law enforcement and environmental agencies. (Application form)

HEALTH DECISIONS POLICY

The Division of Health Decisions Policy supports the Attorney General's initiatives on issues related to individual rights in the health care system. A principal focus for the Division is the provision of information and advice about end-of-life care, including advance directives and health care planning. The Division provides staff support for the Attorney General's efforts to improve the policy environment in which end-of-life care is delivered. The Division also seeks to promote the protection of participants in human subject research, especially those who lack capacity to give informed consent personally. (Application form)


MARYLAND ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICE - 259 Najoles Rd, Annapolis

MES is an independent unit of State government responsible for the planning, design, construction, operation, and financing of water supply, wastewater treatment, and solid waste disposal facilities. The legal practice includes tort litigation and environmental enforcement actions; negotiating, drafting and reviewing complex contracts and real estate transactions; and assisting the agency in developing regional and intergovernmental waste disposal projects. (Application form)

GENERAL ASSEMBLY / LEGISLATIVE OFFICE - 90 State Circle, Annapolis

The Office of the Attorney General for the General Assembly provides advice to the General Assembly and the Governor's Office on the constitutionality, legal sufficiency and interpretation of legislation. The office also represents legislators, legislative staff agencies and frequently defends legislation whose constitutionality is challenged in court. (Application form)

DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

The Office of the Attorney General for the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) represents the Department in litigation and advises the Secretary on procurement, Public Information Act and personnel matters. Our attorneys also advise the DHCD's various divisions including the Division of Historical and Cultural Programs; the Community Development Administration on the issuance of tax-exempt bonds for the single family, multifamily and infrastructure programs; and the Division of Credit Assurance, on post-closing matters for multifamily state and bond funded loans. (Application form)

DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES - 300 W. Preston St., Baltimore

Assistant Attorneys General advise and represent DGS on a variety of legal matters, including contracts, contractor claims and disputes, the procurement laws, tort claims against State employees, claims of the State against contractors, personnel matters, real estate transactions, building operations and maintenance, and patent, copyright and bankruptcy law. (Application form)

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE - 300 W. Preston St., Baltimore

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) regulates the delivery of medical care throughout Maryland and assists more than 500,000 citizens each year in securing needed services. The Office of the Attorney General represents DHMH in a wide variety of legal proceedings ranging from Medicaid eligibility hearings to enforcement actions against health care providers. The Attorney General also serves as legal advisor to more than 100 programs that fund and regulate the State's public and private health care system.

The Office of the Attorney General has two distinct roles in representing DHMH. First, the Office serves as counselor to health care policy makers who design and administer State and federal programs. Second, attorneys specializing in health care litigation prosecute and defend the agency's regulatory, enforcement and entitlement decisions.

Agency counselors advise program managers on legislative developments, regulation drafting and enforcement issues. Some attorneys serve onsite at DHMH hospitals while others assist Maryland's statewide commissions and boards that license the health care professions and administer Maryland's health care reimbursement programs. (Application form)

The Health Occupations Prosecution and Litigation (HOPL) Division
- 300 W. Preston Street, Room 201, Baltimore

The Health Occupations Prosecution and Litigation (HOPL) Divisionhandles the prosecution of disciplinary cases against health care professionals involving standard-of-care violations, incompetence, fraud, unprofessional conduct, and substance abuse before the Health Occupations Licensing Boards. They also manage DHMH’s general litigation, defending DHMH, and its units and employees, in tort, civil rights, and other cases in State and federal court.

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES - 311 W. Saratoga St., Baltimore

The Department of Human Resources (DHR) is the executive agency responsible for various social services programs, such as child protective services, foster care, adoption, and welfare-to-work, among others. The Department also provides child support enforcement. The range of legal services provided to the Department by the Office of the Attorney General includes: reviewing legislation and regulations, providing advice of counsel on issues affecting the Department, representing local departments of social services at the appellate level in administrative appeals, in cases involving children in need of assistance (CINA) and termination of parental rights, and representing the Department in state and federal courts at both trial and appellate levels. (Application form)

INSURANCE FRAUD UNIT - 525 St. Paul St., Baltimore

The Unit, staffed by the State Police, the Insurance Administration and the Attorney General's Office, investigates and prosecutes complaints of fraudulent insurance acts such as false insurance claims as well as theft by insurance professionals. (Application form)

DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE SERVICES - 120 W. Fayette St., Baltimore

DJS is the State's central administrative agency responsible for juvenile intake, detention authorization, investigation, probation, protective supervision and aftercare services. DJS is also responsible for the State's juvenile training and rehabilitation institutions. The Office of the Attorney General for DJS provides legal advice and counsel to the Secretary of Juvenile Services and other agency officials. Our attorneys handle litigation in state and federal courts at both trial and appellate levels and provide legal advice on a broad spectrum of issues, including juvenile justice law and policy, human services, health, confidentiality, civil rights, employment, fair housing, federal grants, tort liability, procurement and legislation. (Application form)

MARYALND LOTTERY AND GAMING CONTROL AGENCY - 1800 Washington Blvd, Baltimore

The OAG at the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency provides advice and counsel to the Agency for its traditional lottery functions in areas including lottery retailer licensing and compliance, ownership of intellectual property used in Lottery products or owned by the Agency, the conduct of Lottery games, Lottery sponsorship agreements, and enforcement of liens against delinquent lottery retailers. In the VLT-table game arena, we provide advice and counsel to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission and staff on topics including background investigations, licensing requirements, enforcement, responsible gaming, drafting license application forms, memoranda of understanding with other gaming jurisdictions, procurement and contract claims related to VLT manufacturers and the central operating system. We advise the Video Lottery Facility Location Commission (Location Commission) and Agency staff in the preparation of the operation license RFPs and site evaluations, and handle legal challenges to the Location Commission’s decisions as to awarding the operation licenses. We also provide advice to our clients on such topics as the Public Information Act, the Open Meetings Act, FMLA, and ADA, other personnel issues, procurement, contract claims, review of subpoenas, legislative proposals, and drafting of regulations, and we handle any litigation involving the Agency or Commission. (Application form)

MARYLAND STATE POLICE - State Police Headquarters, Pikesville

The Office of the Attorney General for the State Police provides legal representation for the Department and its personnel. Responsibilities include defense of civil actions in both federal and state trial and appellate courts; representation in administrative disciplinary and regulatory hearings; initiation of forfeiture proceedings; review of contracts, agreements and memoranda of understanding entered into by the Department and various law enforcement agencies; and the provision of legal advice to personnel of the Department. (Application form)

MEDICAID FRAUD CONTROL UNIT - 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore

The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigates and, where appropriate, prosecutes fraud on the part of health care providers participating in the Maryland Medical Assistance Program. It investigates physicians, dentists, nursing homes, transportation companies, podiatrists, durable medical equipment companies, laboratories, and other health care providers who participate in Medicaid. In addition, it may investigate and prosecute patient abuse cases in Medicaid funded facilities, and all cases “arising out of” Medicaid fraud investigations. (Application form)

DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES - 580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis

The Office of the Attorney General for DNR advises and represents the Department and its programs. The programs include: acquisition of lands or interests in lands of significant natural resource value; acquisition of lands for recreational use; management of State forests and parks; regulation of recreational and commercial taking of State fish and wildlife; protection of threatened and endangered species of fish and wildlife; registration, excise tax collection, and regulation of vessels; regulation of development of land within 1,000 feet of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries; enforcement of forest and tree protection laws; and law enforcement through the Natural Resource Police and State forest and park rangers. (Application form)

The People's Insurance Counsel Division - 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore

The People's Insurance Counsel Division reviews homeowners insurance matters and medical professional liability insurance matters pending before the Maryland Insurance Commissioner to determine the impact on consumers. The People's Insurance Counsel may intervene on behalf of consumers before the Commissioner and in court.

STATE RETIREMENT AND PENSION SYSTEMS - 120 E. Baltimore St., Baltimore

The Office of the Attorney General for the Retirement and Pension System provides advice and counsel to this pension trust fund, which provides retirement allowances and other benefits to state employees, teachers, police, judges, legislators and employees of participating governmental units. Supervision of the trust fund is vested in a 14-member board of trustees, and this office provides advice on matters related to administration, management and investment of the funds, and advice on applicable state and federal laws. (Application form)

SECURITIES DIVISION - 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore

The Securities Division functions as both a consumer protection and a regulatory agency. The Division administers and enforces the Maryland Securities Act, the Maryland Business Opportunities Sales Act, and the Maryland Franchise and Disclosure Act. Enforcement actions are usually generated by consumer complaints, referrals from other state and federal regulatory agencies, or from the Division's review of documents required by law to be submitted to it. (Application form)

MARYLAND AVIATION ADMINISTRATION

The Office of the Attorney General for the Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA) represents the MAA in litigation, before state and federal Courts and before administrative boards such as the Board of Airport Zoning Appeals. Our attorneys negotiate and draft all leases, agreements and deeds for the Baltimore/Washington International Airport and Martin State Airport. They also provide advice on real estate, procurement, personnel and general legal issues.  (Application form)


DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION - 7201 Corporate Center Drive, Hanover, MD

Assistant Attorneys General for the Department of Transportation are assigned to the various units within the Department, including the Maryland Port Administration, Maryland Transportation Authority, Motor Vehicle Administration, Maryland Aviation Administration, Maryland Transit Administration, and the State Highway Administration.

Transportation matters involve a diverse range of legal issues, including contract review, procurement issues, real estate matters, labor issues, environmental concerns, and commercial and financial transactions. (Application form)

CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION FORM.

 
 

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